There has been only one name that has been the center of almost every major debate this year and it is our favorite Swedish climate activist, Greta Thunberg.
However, as with anyone trying to do a good thing, she has been met with much criticism along the way. From prominent world leaders, all the way to Dave who works at your local Wendy's, it seems as a lot of people have a big problem with a young girl trying to have a positive impact on the world.
The latest celebrity to join the list is none other than the President of Brazil.
Keep scrolling to see the harsh comments he made against the sixteen-year-old...
Greta Thunberg has become the face of the youth climate change movement.
via: InstagramThe Swedish sixteen-year-old has been responsible for the global school strike movement, which began with weekly Friday school strikes to protest for climate change action.
Just a year ago, she was relatively unknown.
via: TwitterGreta would regularly sit on her own outside Swedish parliament, first staging a "School Strike for Climate" in August last year. In the weeks leading up to the country’s general election, Thunberg sat on the steps outside of the parliament building in Stockholm, holding up the now-iconic sign that read “Skolstrejk För Klimatet" — translating to “school strike for climate."
The teen sat outside the building during school hours for 3 weeks.
via: InstagramHer demands were that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. By sacrificing her education to protest for action, the teen began to conjure up attention and gain traction online.
Her unwavering commitment to the environment has woken the rest of the world.
via: InstagramWhile a little over a year ago, the name "Greta Thunberg" was relatively unknown, now, her's is the first name that springs to mind when you think of the climate change movement.
Thunberg is known for delivering blistering, matter-of-fact speeches about the urgency of what she calls the "climate crisis."
via: InstagramIf we fast-forward to now, Thunberg continues to hold governments accountable during her powerful talks, which have seen her nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and placed in TIME's top one-hundred influential people in the world list.
Her message is clear: we need to act now.
via: InstagramHaving whipped up a gigantic global youth movement, climate change is finally getting the attention it deserves, but Thunberg still believes that governments are the ones who still aren't listening. According to the United Nations, humanity has under twelve years to prevent a climate change crisis. A report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) at the end of 2018 called for immediate “unprecedented changes" to all aspects of society.
If we do not act, the future, if there is one at all, will be very bleak.
via: InstagramRising global temperatures pose a high risk of social and environmental disasters, including floods, drought, wildfires, and food shortages for millions of people across our planet.
Thunberg has gone to great lengths to fight her cause.
via: InstagramIn July, the teen ditched environmentally damaging air travel and sailed across the Atlantic to attend the U.N. climate summits in the U.S. and Chile.
Little by little, her trailblazing activism seems to be sinking in.
via: InstagramAccording to Live Kindly, earlier this year, Mohammed Barkindo — the secretary-general of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) — acknowledged public opinion surrounding the climate crisis as a threat to the oil industry.
And her youth school strike movement is growing on a mass scale.
via: InstagramOn September 20, millions around the world, from London to New York, Sydney to Colombia, ditched the classroom to peacefully protest for climate action in what Thunberg dubs "Fridays for Future."
But, Thunberg's movement has been met with waves of criticism.
via: InstagramHer activism has seen her labeled "melodramatic" amongst other things, as well as others saying that she is being used as a political shield.
But her critics don't phase her...
On my way to the United Nations. Today I’m speaking in the General Assembly at the Climate Action Summit. This is s… https://t.co/MXRAyXjec0— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1569243289.0
The event is dedicated to world leaders sharing climate solutions and new pledges for climate action.
via: InstagramDuring her powerful speech, Thunberg highlighted how the science behind climate change has been "crystal clear" for over 3 decades. "I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you!" she said. "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."
As she spoke, the teen got visibly emotional.
via: YouTube"People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" She continued: "How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you are doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight." "You say you 'hear' us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I don’t want to believe that. Because if you fully understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And I refuse to believe that."
She concluded with a poignant message: change is coming, whether you like it or not.
via: YouTube"You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say: We will never forgive you. "We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not."
After her speech, the teen activist happened to cross paths with Donald Trump in the lobby.
I’ll tell you one thing Greta Thunberg does not have and that’s a future in professional poker. https://t.co/cAznzjWbeW— 🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@🏳️⚧️🏳️🌈 Max 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️)1569308707.0
The video went viral online.When faced with one of the world's most powerful leaders, Thunberg remains fearless, and her death stare became a somewhat internet sensation.
As you'd expect, Donald Trump had something to say about the whole thing.In usual Trump-style, he took to Twitter to seemingly mock the teen, writing "She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!" above a video of her speech.
His tweeted radiated sarcasm.
@realDonaldTrump The President of the United States making a sarcastic, snide comment to make fun of a 16-year-old… https://t.co/GOHBf2wpum— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1569296379.0
Then Jeremy Clarkson decided to throw his opinion into the mix.
via: TwitterThe former Top Gear host branded Thuberg an "idiot" and blamed her for "killing car shows."
He told The Sun:
via: Twitter"Everyone I know under 25 isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars – Greta Thunberg has killed the car show. They’re taught at school, before they say ‘Mummy and Daddy’, that cars are evil, and it’s in their heads."
He also added this:
via: Instagram"She’s an idiot. Going around saying we’re all going to die, that’s not going to solve anything, my dear." That's Clarkson for you, always keeping it classy.
His co-host Richard Hammond also agreed with him saying:
via: Instagram"I hate to say it, but I think Jeremy is right."
That wasn't the only time Clarkson spoke out against the activist.
via: InstagramJust a few months ago, after Greta gave her infamous speech, he urged that she needs to "shut up like a good girl."
"How dare you stand there and lecture us, you spoilt brat."Writing in his column in September, he said: “Pause for a moment to consider how soundly you sleep at night, knowing that adults are building and servicing and flying Sweden’s fighter planes to keep you safe. We gave you mobile phones and laptops and the internet. We created the social media you use every day and we run the banks that pay for it all." We can always count on a man like Clarkson to try and "keep it real" while making himself look like an absolute idiot. Well done!
The beef between Greta and the President of Brazil started on Twitter.
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro was unhappy about Greta's tweet.
via: Getty ImagesHer tweet displeased him so much in fact that the President decided to make his personal feelings towards the sixteen-year-old public.
Thunberg's tweet was regarding the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.
Indigenous people are literally being murdered for trying to protect the forrest from illegal deforestation. Over a… https://t.co/QZgvlgxyQ9— Greta Thunberg (@Greta Thunberg)1575827109.0
"Make Brazil Great Again."
via: Getty Images
Basically, long story short, Thunberg's tweet was damaging to Bolsonaro's image- and made it seem like he isn't doing a very good job...
In response, Brazil's President spoke to a group of journalists and said: “Greta said that the Indians died because they were defending the Amazon. It's impressive that the press is giving space to a brat like that."
However, instead of "brat", he used the Portuguese word "pirralha."